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  1. Hi, I was wondering if the LA activity sheets were clean. Thanks, Jodi
  2. We're in Virginia, too! We are in Fairfax County. It's a great place to homeschool. I love Jamestown, but I would avoid it in the summer. My parents were just down there last week and the heat index was 119. At Jamestown Settlement, the museum is large and air-conditioned, but to really enjoy the fort, boats, etc. I would wait until it cools off. Jamestown Historical Site's museum is smaller and to really appreciate the park you need to be walking among the ruins, talking to the archaeologists, etc. If I were you, I would read them Blood on the River or another Jamestown real aloud this
  3. I bought a window feeder this past winter and keep a field guide near it. The kids have loved looking up the breed, plotting migratory patterns, etc. They enjoyed this much more than our Apologia textbook.
  4. I've tried Sonlight and TOG but am loving Biblioplan!! They have a great book selection, the read aloud choices are wonderful, and it's flexible and easy to use. I'm surprised it isn't more popular.
  5. Renny30, Thanks for your advice. Are there any particular novel study programs I should look at, or just work through them on my own. Her reading level is about 6th grade.
  6. Thank you for your responses! I truly appreciate it. My instincts were telling me to relax and follow her lead, but I was scared that I wouldn't be guiding her in the right direction. The Bravewriter approach seems very similar to everything mentioned above with poetry, read-alouds, quality literature, etc. I guess I will sit back and let her continue to delight in reading and writing.
  7. Thanks for your advice. My gut tells me to take a laid back approach at this point as well, I was just curious how others have handled a similar situation. And, yes, it is her spelling. I am almost ready to drop spelling at this point. I'm such a left-brained linear thinker it is hard for me to take a relaxed approach, but I don't want to squelch her love of writing.
  8. I am new here on the forums and starting my first year homeschooling. I gave my 8yo daughter a writing lesson yesterday asking her to rewrite the following sentence to make it more descriptive using 5-6 sentences: It was a nice fall day in the forest. When I came back to check on her 15 minutes later, this was her response with no editing on my part: It was a beautiful, quiet morning in the edge of the forest, and the trees were decorated in yellows, reds, oranges, and browns. Leaves scattered across the forest floor and you could hear the bugs and creatures tip-toei
  9. I am new here on the forums and am starting my first year homeschooling. I am using IEW for my reluctant 5th grade son, but I have been fairly unstructured with my 8 year old daughter because she is more creative. I gave her a writing lesson this afternoon asking her to rewrite the following sentence to make it more descriptive using 5-6 sentences: It was a nice fall day in the forest. When I came back to check on her 15 minutes later, this was her response with no editing on my part: It was a beautiful, quiet morning in the edge of the forest, and the trees were decorated
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